After more than a year of rumors, the Apple TV 4K is now available! Let’s take a look at this new product in 7 questions and few revelations.
In short :
1) For what uses is the Apple TV 4K perfect ?
In France :
- Watch Netflix movies/series, CanalPlay in 4K HDR
- Watch myCanal, the live/replay of Canal+ in 4K HDR
- Watch french TV/TNT programs live and in replay with Molotov and other channel’s apps (BFMTV, Eurosport…)
- Buy/rent movies/series in HD or 4K HDR on iTunes
- Listen to your iTunes music library
- Look at your photos/videos stored in iCloud
- Mirror your Mac, iPad or iPhone screen
- Play beautiful 2D and 3D “casual games“
2) What makes the Apple TV 4K really unique?
- A really simple and fluid interface designed for touch remote control
- A really quick and easy installation
- A great choice of over 8000 applications and games designed for the big screen
- Very good integration with the Apple ecosystem (iPhone, Mac, iTunes, Apple, Music, iCloud)
- The Siri voice command designed for music and movies/series (in France, Siri search across iTunes, Netflix, myCanal and OCS)
- It’s also a hub for the Homekit home automation system, compatible with Philips, Logitech, Netamo products…
3) Where the Apple TV 4K available ?
In France :
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4) What are the differences with the previous model of Apple TV?
- The ability to decode the 4K in HDR video at 60 frames per second
- A much more powerful processor (A10X Fusion, like the iPad Pro 2017)
- A faster ethernet port (Gigabit)
- A faster wifi (simultaneous dual band)
- 5.0 Bluetooth support
- A quiet fan
- An easier to use and more accurate remote
- One port less, but we don’t care, it was only intended for maintenance
5) What are the good surprises for the Apple TV 4K ?
- Support for 2 HDR modes, the classic HDR10 but also the much better Dolby Vision
- The imminent availability of an Apple TV app mixing programs from iTunes, Molotov.tv, MyCanal, OCS…
- The imminent availability of an Amazon Premium Video app
- Movies in 4K at the same price as those in HD on iTunes (unlike other platforms)
- Your old iTunes HD purchases made available for free in 4K
- The supplied USB cable to recharge the remote
6) What are the Apple TV 4K little known weak points?
- For now, the Apple TV 4K only reads Youtube 4K videos in HD
- The touch remote control is sometimes difficult to use in the dark
- Still no support for Dolby Atmos (but it should happen soon)
- For iTunes, Disney and Marvel have not yet planned to make their movies available in 4K HDR
- The HDMI cable is not provided (but this one is perfect in any situation for HD, 4K HDR and 3D)
7) What are the alternatives to the Apple TV 4K ?
- Google Chromecast Ultra for 4K (79,90€ at Boulanger or at Fnac.fr)
- NVIDIA Shield out of stock at the moment
- Xiaomi Mi Box, on sale on Amazon for less than €80 (d+15) and on AliExpress for less than €70 (d+5)
- Roku Ultra, not yet on sale in France
- Amazon Fire 4 K TV, not yet on sale in France